The Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has become one of the foremost voices of the Democratic party—and widely reviled on the right.
She proved that once again in an MSNBC Town Hall on the Green New Deal (which Ocasio-Cortez cosponsored) when a former Congressman cautioned her that the Green New Deal was too ambitious to be achieved by a single congress and could prove as polarizing as Trump.
"I worry that what we do is if we have basically the mirror image of a Trump rally on climate change In that we drive all the people away that could come our way and solve this thing now," Inglis told her, adding: “Is it possible that we say, climate change … we’ve got to act now? Can we come back maybe to universal basic income a little bit later?”
The audience was outraged, with one supporter yelling, "You moron!" at Inglis. Ocasio-Cortez immediately called the Democratic heckler out in no uncertain terms, saying:
"Hey, that is unacceptable."
And without missing a beat, she then turned to Inglis, telling him:
"That's the difference between me and Trump!"
Watch the incredible moment below at the 1:58 mark:
"Hey, that's unacceptable": Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responds to audience member who called fmr. Rep. Inglis a "moron" du… https://t.co/c8w2bHFX4H— MSNBC (@MSNBC) 1553907352.0
The crowd immediately began applauding, as did Twitter.
@MSNBC You just exhibited the same honorable decent behavior as @SenJohnMcCain did when a woman in his audience cri… https://t.co/o73fjFmvRn— AmericanDreamBlueWarrior (@AmericanDreamBlueWarrior) 1553956525.0
@MSNBC Real class act, lets debate respectfully find common grounds and make changes needed that everyone can suppo… https://t.co/M9Fm7JNzYn— The Weekly Deals (@The Weekly Deals) 1553958581.0
@MSNBC Very impressive and refreshing to watch @RepAOC take the high road here. @GOP, you might want to take note. #civility— teresa hak (@teresa hak) 1553947158.0
@MSNBC One of the many reasons I love this woman!— Joseph Henry (@Joseph Henry) 1553993538.0
@MSNBC This is the standard we want all politicians to live up to from now on. Enough of the bullying and demagogue… https://t.co/hqR4mHw4II— Wendy (@Wendy) 1553968630.0
Trump is infamously reluctant to rebuke his supporters if they cross a line.
As history has indicated, if their shouts make Trump's enemies look bad or bolsters his own perception, unruly supporters are in the right.
In fact, Trump often tends to embody the incivility and aggression that Ocasio-Cortez corrected during the town hall.
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1498740737.0
...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1498741103.0
So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not… https://t.co/iUe5HWLVES— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1542564069.0
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work… https://t.co/xpJpbroNNB— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1534246271.0
As the youngest woman elected to Congress, many decry Ocasio-Cortez's youth and so-called inexperience, but with this act of accountability, many would agree she's more ready to be an example of leadership and honor than many lawmakers in Washington today.